New method of crime by snatch thieves

by Joyce Ho

We have been reading about snatch thieves incidents. I witnessed for myself today a new method adopted by them.

Please pass this on to friends – Alert them of this NEW METHOD adopted by snatch thieves.

I was driving along SS2/22, Petaling Jaya going towards Damansara Jaya. This street is totally residential one street off the main road.

About 10 houses in front of me was this young lady walking by a car parked along the grass patch outside one of the terrace houses. As she was reaching the rear end of this clean decent looking Silver Proton Waja, I noticed the engine started and the left rear passenger doors window was being wound down.

Suddenly a man emerged out of the rear passenger doors window his entire torso! and making a grab of this ladys handbag!!!! As this man emerged from the cars window, the Silver Proton Waja was pulling out of its parking position slowly not in a hurry with the man from within just dragging the lady and her handbag along until she gave it up!! Then they drove off slowly no hurry!!!

All the above happened in front of my eyes in less than 30 seconds!!!!!

Her screams and cries did not help! No one came to her rescue in fact a middle age woman ran into her house upon seeing this happening right in front of her house only to come back out to lock her gates after the car has driven away! Do you blame her? The thieves were so bold!!!!

By the time my car reached her, the Silver Proton Waja had turned the corner. She was very shaken but thankfully only slightly hurt her pants were torn as were her slippers bloody knees, shins, palms and elbows. On the way to the police station, she told me that she had noticed that there were 3 men she identified them as Malay men in the car.
I could not believe my eyes when I saw what was happening thus did not have the instinct to take note of the cars registration number. Ive always thought that would be the first thing I would look out in an incident like this but NO I was too shocked simply watching this scene being played out right in front of me!!!

So please beware when you are walking by parked cars with men inside. Pass this on to as many friends as you can to alert them.

  1. #1 by smeagroo on Tuesday, 8 January 2008 - 6:46 am

    TO be so bold firstly will tell you that they were not afraid of being seen. Secodnly, they dont even care if anyone ha sspotted the car reg plate as the police will tell you it is a fake or a stolen vehicle (as usual).

    So the question is, what is JPJ and police gonna do abt false car no. plate?

    Once I suggested that the policemen use their time wisely (instead of babysitting 10000 peaceful demo supporters) to hv their presence in residential area and conduct random checks on motorcyclists with pillion riders. Very high probability snatch thieves will carry with them some sort of weapon. Having roadblocks defeats the purpose as they could smell you a mile away and would hv made a u-turn (which i hv seen couple of time).

    When the economy is bad, it will turn everyone to be a crook. But of cos to many in positions, it does not necessary need a bad economy to be a crook. They plunder while there is still money in the coffer.

  2. #2 by Jeffrey on Tuesday, 8 January 2008 - 7:47 am

    As long as the lady’s handbag has a sling than can be grasped, it is always fair game for the snatch. (The other items would be the purse or handphone placed on the table or even necklace). It is not only when one is walking by the road – often they are bold enough to attempt it at the outdoor terraces of some restaurant or eatery next to the road where the getaway motorcycle is on the standby to scuttle off with its pillion after the snatch. When the lady is seated down with her hands occupied in handling fork and spoon or chop sticks, her hands could not be clutching the handbag at the same time. Or sometimes they even come forward in pretext of asking for street directions to snatch the hand bag.

    One has to be very careful when walking on the road or seated down eating or drinking in a place on pavement near the road in whatever the place, whether market place, the night market, shopping complexes or restaurants : the road or proximity to it is the key requisite for a snatch. The presence of others is not so much a deterrent. They seem unworried of being identified. In fact they may even prefer crowded spots as it is difficult for victims to identify them. Especially when victims are in a state of shock and confused under a high stress.

    This is obvious because the snatch thief has to rely on an accomplice’s car or motorbike waiting on the road to effect a quick getaway. He cannot afford using his legs to run especially when there are people all around who may give chase and apprehend him.

    Snatch thieves have weighed the costs and benefits of their venture. They are brazen as even if you could remember their faces, what are the chances their mug shots will be at the polis balai for your identification? The police also have no time to entertain a detailed investigation. They’ll just ask you to go through the rigmarole of making the report. When you make a report you will likely find so many crowding around lining up at the police station to also make reports (such is the scourge of rising crime in the cities especially of KL & Johore Bharu). Some of these are more serious – like for eg. daylike robbery with guns and others the victim injured by knives parangs or raped and so on.

    There are just that number of uniformed or plains clothes policemen around on the streets, limited by man power. Neither are there so many CCTVs on the streets to deter. I assume snatch theives are often from lower economic class and minority backgrounds (and even foreigners). Their basic needs, especially having access to educational and employment opportunities, are perceived thwarted. Many of them are youths from broken homes and have problems of alcoholism, drug addiction, domestic violence. I guess the problem will not be ameliorated unless the root socio-economic causes are confronted and tackled by those in power. But how to so when those belonging to higher economic classes and have power are themselves leveraging their political connections and power to ‘snatch’ from the Rakyat’s public coffers in millions to billions? :)
    They are brazen because

  3. #3 by Jeffrey on Tuesday, 8 January 2008 - 8:01 am

    Correction: last sentence -“They are brazent because” to be deleted/ignored. So is the part in last para “minority backgrounds” because I don’t think they are necessarily from minority backgrounds to be subject to socio-economic pressures.

  4. #4 by achia3 on Tuesday, 8 January 2008 - 8:49 am

    Well!!! At least it is easier to spot the number plate on a car than a motorcycle. Also, the thieves were considerate enough not to hurt the woman by moving away slowly rather than snatching like bike thieves.

    Jeffrey is right….remove the root problem and society will heal.

    Go HINDRAF/BERSIH….your cause is justified.

  5. #5 by Jimm on Tuesday, 8 January 2008 - 8:52 am

    Thieves are getting more daring because this country allow them to be so.
    As long as there are no death, cases like these are accepted as common affair.
    Even when you go and make a police report,you can clearly see through those officers eyes about cases of these as if it only minor.
    It’s like having breakfast …
    Lately, we have quite a fair bit of cases involved ex-servicemen too. When we take a look at the root of all these causes, we can easily put all of them back to the beginning where our education system failed to address them earlier.
    Children are just a duty for government to provide basis education as government need their parents to become the workforce for the country.
    These exchange only benefitted the government as compared to equal mutual benefit as children are normally grew up averagely and become public problem in their later years. Who cares ? As long as those government people children are not badly affected and will be provided higher education passage with guaranteed honour of passes and later given a high post poistion in their GLCs. As the rest of fellow Malaysian, they are meant to be the general workforce and as long as they are kept there .. life still goes on.

  6. #6 by ahluck on Tuesday, 8 January 2008 - 8:52 am

    there are too many crimes in residential areas where prdm has not enough personal to round the area. govt says non malays not joining prdm. when non malays go for interview they have been given all kind of excuses. count the number of non malays going for interview and the numbers selected.

    during deepavali there was attempt robbery in my neighbourhood. the robber came through the ceiling and the lady of the house saw and screams and ran out of home for safety. the robber excaped. when the case was reported to prdm. prdm say they will come to investigate. until today no investigation.

    my shop goods were stolen. my hard earning of 83K gone. made a police report nothing happens. with the help of ah long i manage to run my bussiness again because there is no help from BN. the main culprit was prdm who got share from the thiefs. why i say is this:

    1. prdm should investigate my neighboors. ask if they heard any noise or anything unusual. they never did that.
    2. prdm should go to my home town to see if my good are there where i myself can make it look like my shop goods stolen.
    3. prdm never did all these i presume waste of time because they know the culprit.
    4. If prdm know the culprit, arrest them. that also never did.
    so WTF are they doing?

    after the incident, i fixed security alarm for which i pay monthly 75 ringgit. i made a test on panic button switch to see if prdm will come to my doorstep. instead the officer call me and asking me if i’m save. this is how prdm works! i don’t pay for my security alarm anymore and i transfered the panic button to my mobile. i’m my own safty.

    what happens is this. when some crime happens the case is open until a police report is made. after the report the case closed.

    FYI i still paying ahlong because no support from BN.

    i’m voting for DAP in the coming election.

  7. #7 by ktteokt on Tuesday, 8 January 2008 - 9:06 am

    I read in some blog a couple of days ago that one of the BN MPs commented that the reason for frequent robberies to take place was because the rakyat were doing well and can afford to be robbed. This is utter nonsense. If the rakyat were well-off, no one would want to be robbers.

    It is when the rakyat cannot get a steady income that they turn to robbery and the vice. This guy should read the famous Chinese novel, “The Water Margin” and he will be enlightened by the 108 great “heroes” in the story. Why these 108 people turned robbers was because they were forced to do so by the government then.

  8. #8 by helpless on Tuesday, 8 January 2008 - 9:10 am

    The stupid PM and unprofessional police force do not know how to differentiate crime and freedom.

    Neither they know how to give priority on the national security issue.

    Full force engaged to catch citizen involved in peaceful assembly instead of those suspected to harm others.

    Peaceful assembly citizen was arrested under ISA instead one suspected with criminal/ corruption intention.

    Summon a car driving 10% faster on the highway instead of summon those who obstruct other vehicle on the fast-lane with the 20% slower.

    What is this Malaysia Boleh with stupid administator?

  9. #9 by ALtPJK on Tuesday, 8 January 2008 - 9:18 am

    It is said that almost everyone in urban areas of Malaysia either has had such experience or at least have friend(s)/relative(s) who had been similar victims. Every ordinary person in the street can attest to this rising crime rate in the country (in urban areas at least) and yet apathy seems to be the order of the day with the authorities empowered to deal with this scourge.

    And it really irks the public to note that efficiency reigns when it comes to placing strategic roadblocks to turn the city into a gridlock, overpowering peaceful protestors with chemically laced water cannons and subjecting innocent residents to door-to-door house searches for possession of illicit DVDs.

    What’s worse is the unchecked cancerous growth of graft of all forms from the ‘boleh…tapi’-type negotiations as practised at the street level right up to the ‘RM27 million case’ at the top of the food chain and the very reluctance of the administration to adopt the much needed reforms.

  10. #10 by malaysia born on Tuesday, 8 January 2008 - 9:28 am

    with all these crimes and we are going all out to attract high-spending tourists!

    what can i say but, ‘welcome to malaysia and experience the local culture. live like the locals and complain to the international press….if you survive the experience!’

  11. #11 by vincent on Tuesday, 8 January 2008 - 9:44 am

    It’s a waste of time going to the police station. What in their mind is ‘ Ooooh.. biasalah ini ‘ and will be warned better be careful next time to avoid disturbing the Sargent in charge. When you paid RM2 for the report fee, they will say, ‘ talak orang sign or talak kerani taip but after given RM20 they will say, apo nombor nanti saya call u mari ambil.

  12. #12 by cheng on soo on Tuesday, 8 January 2008 - 9:46 am

    A simple rule, never expose your handbag or sling bag on the side facing the road,, but the opposite site, e.g, if the road is on yr right, carry yr bag on the left side n vice versa. At least the potential snatch thief (robber?) find it more difficult.
    Meanwhile, think again why still keep on voting for BN?? What do they give U? Can’t even walk safely in residential area?

  13. #13 by boh-liao on Tuesday, 8 January 2008 - 9:51 am

    “I assume snatch theives are often from lower economic class and minority backgrounds (and even foreigners).”

    Wrong! Thieves are everywhere and come from diverse economic and social backgrounds. Many of them are Malaysians.

    Why? It pays to steal and cheat. Just look at our so-called political “elites”. They steal by billions and millions, and they remain the pillars of our society.

    Our mata-mata are busy containing and shooting ‘ka-liu’ water at peaceful “illegal street demonstrators”, searching and watching sex videos, seeking people who were recorded at BERSIH and HINDRAF gatherings, protecting people who attended the support CSL rally in Batu Pahat, etc.

    The small/common thieves are going up market. Some went around doing their business on their two feet, others on wheels – used to be on two wheels and now on four wheels. In the near future, don’t be surprised that they may be going around with their container trucks.

    They snatch handbags, mobile phones, digital cameras, etc. They also snatch bodies – any living body at this moment and demand a ransom (big or small) in return for the release of the body.

    Expect more creative ways of stealing and cheating. Malaysia is a rich breeding ground of creative crime-related ideas. Malaysia Boleh!

  14. #14 by Saint on Tuesday, 8 January 2008 - 9:51 am

    Robbing a victim by using a Proton Waya, well the situation is getting more desperate. As helpless said, police do not understand the difference between crime and freedom.

    As for reading the “The Water Margin” well the police needs some good basic education and interest in literature, and that also in Chinese literature. You are asking for the impossible.

    As an Indian I read the book about 10 years ago, it was an excellent one but by the time I finished Vol. 1 (out of 3) I could not keep up to the names and characters. If I was a Chinese , I probably could have remembered the names better as they all have a meaning.

  15. #15 by Colonel on Tuesday, 8 January 2008 - 10:25 am


    The truth is, Jeffrey, our women have more to fear from flashers. Just the other day a girl reported to the police station about a man in a raincoat walking the divider along Jln. Pudu during peak hour traffic. Just as she approached he suddenly flashed showing his tiny penis. The girl couldn’t help but burst into uncontrollable laugher right there!

    The reporter who witnessed the incident told her not to bother because the sight of this man flashing his tiny deformed penis to young girls is nothing new. He said the mentally disturbed man comes from Kg. Attap. I thought you might be familiar with the character.

  16. #16 by justice_fighter on Tuesday, 8 January 2008 - 10:34 am

    Dear Our Sleepy PM cum Internal Security Minister Pak Lah,

    Are you reading this? Do you care about this?!! Shame on you to be our Internal Security Minister!!! You will be terminated within 3 months!!!

  17. #17 by pidpid248 on Tuesday, 8 January 2008 - 10:35 am

    SS2 – not safe at all. Used to stay in road SS2/27 in 2006 just by the Esso station. Snatch thieves grabbed my bag in front of my gate even when I was already inside. 6 months later, on a heavy rainy evening my car rear seat window was broken into and they took my laptop. This happened within 5 minutes of me running into the house (because of the heavy rain). Yet, they still came and stole.

    Last week met a friend and she told similar incidence (like the above) happened to her sometime in Dec in Section 17.

  18. #18 by melurian on Tuesday, 8 January 2008 - 10:55 am

    so what are you ppl going to do other than berating here ?? you think vote dap will bring zero snatch thief ? would like to see snatch thieves end up like those in klang being bashed to death ?

  19. #19 by shortie kiasu on Tuesday, 8 January 2008 - 11:08 am

    Recently I was beaten up right inside my drive way in my house in PJ in broad day light in the evening by 3 tough looking gansters, of Indian decent, for no obvious reasons, while my neighbours hid way in their houses, and while after the incidence, all of of them came out to enjoy the scene of the aftermath as the police arrived. That is the apthy of urban Malaysians. Expected and well known.

    So, if the police are inefficient, we have to rely on ourself to prevent crime from happening to one ownself.

  20. #20 by smeagroo on Tuesday, 8 January 2008 - 11:30 am

    pay taxes to get pdrm to babysit demos. then we pay monthly fee to hire security guards to safeguard our lives n properties.

  21. #21 by k1980 on Tuesday, 8 January 2008 - 11:42 am

    Ever wonder all the cases mentioned in the above postings rarely if ever happen a few miles south of Johor, that is in Singapore? Why? Choose the correct answer

    A. Their Internal Security Minister is not sleeping and does not have big ears
    B. Their police are serious in tackling crime
    C. The ruling party has to work hard in order to get re-elected
    D. All of the above

  22. #22 by revelation on Tuesday, 8 January 2008 - 12:18 pm


    u missed 1 important point, Singapore is not a country…only an island according to our law minister.

    mind u, this is our minister what is there to expect from pdrm?

    i mentioned it before, if pdrm are really serious abt tackling this snatch thieves issue it doesn’t take genius to figure out how.

    any primary school student would have figured it out that sending an undercover police women to those snatch thieves prone area will definitely do the job.

    monkey see, monkey do..that is what happening in Msia. pdrm see their superior officer taking bribes, so why not them? and the same rules applied to the higher post only the amount is bigger and method are more sophisticated.

    i’ll only go to home for holiday now but not to live there….sigh…

  23. #23 by Cinapek on Tuesday, 8 January 2008 - 12:20 pm

    There are variations to this modus operandi. Here in Johor Bahru, Malaysia’s crime capital, they have used sophisticated methods like cars to commit petty crimes like years ago. The hawker lady I used to patronise told me that when she was on her way home at about 5pm one day, a car just pulled up alongside her and a man got out and grab her gold chain and yanked it off her neck and drove away. Apparently she was not the only victim as sms were circulated about this white Proton Wira going round committing this type of crime.

    After the recent hue and cry over the high crime rates and the lofty promises by the PDRM, everything seems to have returned to their normal crime infested good old days. The patrol cars seems to have disappeared and where there were some presence of police on the streets before, they seem to have disappeared altogther. There was a lot of hype by the PDRM of the neighbourhood patrols started in Taman University with the promise by the Johor CPO that it will be extended to other housing estates soon but that too seems to have died a natural death.

    I have resigned myself to this fact of Malaysian officialdom. Knee jerk reactions and an ingrained inability to follow through and sustain any tough actions. Instead Doozy PM practises his “shiok sendiri” style by blowing their own trumpets and praising his staff for a job NOT done.

    Well, what can we expect when even the good intentioned IPCMC has been reduced to a mere crappy window dressing mess of a panel designed more to hide wrongdoings of enforcement agencies rather than to improve them.

  24. #24 by Yong Chee keong on Tuesday, 8 January 2008 - 12:21 pm

    What do we do? So many cases, Police cannot do anything ma!
    But if you BN man, no Police report also can investigate.
    Within few days can catch those in possession of porno DVDs, prosecute them and fine/jail them. Police here so efficient for BN people.

  25. #25 by melurian on Tuesday, 8 January 2008 - 12:45 pm

    “any primary school student would have figured it out that sending an undercover police women to those snatch thieves prone area will definitely do the job”

    what if the “undercover police women” get walloped by the thieves and no one to turn to?

  26. #26 by ktteokt on Tuesday, 8 January 2008 - 2:34 pm

    Is PDRM the exclusive “guard dog” for BN politicians? Looks like they are very concerned only when BN politicians are involved. I came to know of an incident of a break in and robbery in a house occupied by one of the strongmen in MCA who lives near my place. Apparently, the victim called up the police station but did not get any proper response until he blare out “I am an MCA man”. It was then that they sent a patrol car to the place.

    Policemen are paid with taxes paid by the rakyat but they do not seem to serve their “employer” and instead reserve their service exclusively to this group of elites. What’s more they create problems for the rakyat so that they can earn a little extra income by “solving their problems”.

    They are often engaged in redundant work, of which manning junctions with “computerized” traffic lights makes me very furious. Why do we need policemen to man these junctions when the government decided to fix up computerized traffic lights for controlling traffic? We spent billions and billions on this useless traffic lights just to find dutiful policemen manning these junctions and blowing away their whistles, allowing traffic to move on red light and stopping them on green! If at all this is a better system, we could have saved billions if we revert to the traffic control system of the sixties when policemen stood on oil drums in the middle of junctions directing traffic by blowing their whistles.

  27. #27 by pky103 on Tuesday, 8 January 2008 - 2:55 pm

    …another punch to the Malaysian police!

  28. #28 by revelation on Tuesday, 8 January 2008 - 5:24 pm

    melurian Says:

    Today at 12: 45.11 (4 hours ago)
    “any primary school student would have figured it out that sending an undercover police women to those snatch thieves prone area will definitely do the job”

    what if the “undercover police women” get walloped by the thieves and no one to turn to?



    EXCELLENT QUESTION!! now we are getting somewhere..for a start. I hope PDRM is reading this.

    if the member of public were stunned by the boldness of the thieves, i would expect nothing less than Jet Li or SWAT action from our PDRM force.

    Otherwise, it’s a good lesson to TELL the PDRM this is the reality of our street nowadays.

    Here’s another question for PDRM, what if it your own family member that was in the story above, that been dragged, clinging on her bags, fighting for his/her life by the roadside or hospital bed due to the snatch thieves? What would u do? Would you go the extra miles to catch the criminals?

    Think about it for a moment…

  29. #29 by diel on Tuesday, 8 January 2008 - 6:19 pm

    Hi Uncle Lim,
    i would like to share my experiences also, as i was walkin along the street outside of concorde hotel,KL, 2 guys came riding on a motorbike snatch the bag frm my wife’s hand as i was holding her right hand, luckily it was a hand carry type n just let go, we are so shock n felt totally violated that we just stood there n cant do much about it. several ppl just stared n can’t do much. They r just too bold. my house also got broken in twice within a mth in 2006 n both times i reported to police n the officer just casually told me tht ” ooh it tmn Century punya penyamun kah, sudah biasa dia orang rompak dan banyak case. After i asked what can they do about it? , they just replied nothin much n will do their best. i was already very upset n violated for the breaking in of my house n with this kind of comment frm the Police,it makes me very pissed with their responses. I really gave up hope after tht n true enough i found out that in my neighbour hood the breaking in happens almost 7 houses .
    n as usual the police will be at their best when hiding at corners to catch those who beat the traffic lights etc but not cathing the bigger fish at the highly recognized crime prone areas. wat a country to stay in eh?

  30. #30 by EddieTheHead on Tuesday, 8 January 2008 - 8:13 pm

    Let me tell you a story. The place where I had a store was near a pasar malam spot. The neighnbours always told me that there are break ins, especially on pasar malam nights. Why? I didn’t know.

    One day I decided to work late in the store and decided to have a nap, about midnight. The pasar malam is over, and the cleaners were (supposedly) busy with cleaning the place up. They were using the noisy blowers. It was quite noisy and I couldn’t sleep. Suddenly the light at my store entrance went out. When I went to check, I found the padlocks and the grill had been drilled out! I never heard a sound!

    I quickly reset the light and went down to the cleaners. Told them to stop and ask them for their boss. “Sorry boss cannot come. You can call the husband though, he is the police sergeant and he is at the balai”.

    Enough said.

  31. #31 by TheWrathOfGrapes on Tuesday, 8 January 2008 - 10:51 pm

    /// As this man emerged from the cars window, the Silver Proton Waja was pulling out of its parking position slowly not in a hurry with the man from within just dragging the lady and her handbag along until she gave it up!! Then they drove off slowly no hurry!!! ///

    My take is that the robbers were not as much bold as being considerate and careful. There has been several instances of the victims being killed when they struggled violently and hit their heads on the roads. The slow motion was to prevent such accidental deaths. The motive is robbery, not murder – this much we can grant them. Still, it is daylight robbery with impunity…

  32. #32 by Yong Chee keong on Tuesday, 8 January 2008 - 11:03 pm

    A friend of mine suspected that thieves had entered his neighbour’s house while they were away on a holiday. He called the Police. The first question they asked was : itu rumah orang, apa bangsa?

  33. #33 by nus on Tuesday, 8 January 2008 - 11:03 pm

    This morning 8 Jan 2008 many motorists got summons in Taman Tun Dr Ismail for double parking to have breakfast. They were not Bandaraya chaps but blue uniformed policemen on motor-cycles. I counted at least three of them. There are not enough parking and there is no safety hazards to other vehicles because it was a one way slip road opposite Maybank Jalan Rahim Kijai. Why do these policemen take the trouble and waste time doing what Bandaraya chaps could easily do and they (Bandaraya) actually issue summons regularly.

    Why duplicate jobs as if to compete with Bandaraya and get commission for summons (Not sure if their – police department practise it). Again, why go after the CSL dvds?

    Why would not these policemen patrol the streets and lanes to look out for illegal immigrants and undesirable elememts and would-be snatch thiefs? This maintaining law and order would have been highly appreciated by all of us.

  34. #34 by sean on Wednesday, 9 January 2008 - 12:04 am

    unfortunately crime in PJ area have been increasing by leaps and bound.I lived in ss2 and damn near ss2/22………Thismis not the first time happening………snatch thief have been on the high for few years already and its not getting any better.I use to see suspicious guys on motorbike and will just drive my car to follow them from a distance.These people infact know the places better than most resident them self do especially all the back alleys.Few failed attempted snatching have been reported to the authority but it seems crime have actually sky rocketed and it is definately getting from bad to worst.Police please Stop spraying water cannon to peaceful marchers and start putting your priorities right.

  35. #35 by yellowkingdom on Wednesday, 9 January 2008 - 12:11 am

    Over Christmas Eve, my in-laws house in Johor Bahru was burgled. The 2 policemen came and to investigate. One stood in the compound outside the house, whilst the other looked around inside. He said he could not dust for fingerprints as the surface of many of the surfaces were “not smooth enough”. The burglars even had time to smoke a cigarette in the hall! Valuables and Cash amounting to more than Rm3000 were taken.

    That evening, as the contractor was repairing the cut padlock “ears”, my neighbour was visited by 6 plainclothes “policemen”. One of them claimed to be an Inspector flashed his blue authority card with the words “Polis DiRaja Malaysia”. HE asked who lived my was the neighbour. My in-laws replied a Chinese Muslim. The “policemen”claimed to have seen a woman bathing but she refused to open the door. They seem ed interested in a Proton Waja parked in the compound. The “policemen” proceeded to bring in a 1-meter long huge cutter. Luckily, the main tenant arrived and asked for the search warrant. One of them replied crudely, “Aku tau awak tau hak awak. Kami polis tidak perlu waran boleh masuk rumah.” Another shouted loudly, “Cepat, buka rumah.” By then, the “Inspector” flashed his warrant card saying, “Ini waran saya. Ini kuasa saya boleh periksa.” As she reached out to take a closer look, he put it back into his wallet saying, “Awak tak boleh ambil.”
    I immediately called the police hotline. After taking down , the main tenant’s IC details they left in two small cars. One bearing SBR2175Y and a white Kancil JFL2730.
    The police patrol arrived immediately after. They asked several questions about the “policemen” but I was unable to provide any clear description.
    After they left, my contractor finished his job and wanted to leave. AS I opened the auto-gate, suddenly my brother-in-law’s clutch bag that was stolen fell to the ground. It must have been placed on top of the auto-gate. His S’pore work permit, passport, MyKad, cards were intact minus the cash and handphone, of course.
    It was a strange experience and fortunately the personal documents were returned.
    How can we identify real cops from bogus ones?

  36. #36 by KS R on Wednesday, 9 January 2008 - 2:28 am

    Hi Uncle

    Where is the Polis? are they busy and watching who is conducting Peaceful demonstation / Hindraf people / Opposition party to arrest that the Power issued by PM Badawi and his team

  37. #37 by kwkean on Wednesday, 9 January 2008 - 4:24 am

    Congratulation for those who been voting UMNO, MCA, MIC and other BN’s parties all these years! Thx to you, we are now living in HELL! To those who been robbed, pls send a message to your parents, uncles, aunties, grandpa and grandma in your ‘kampung’ that because of them voting MCA, we the younger generation are paying the price! Go ahead, keep voting MCA as they are the best ‘pencuci longkang’, best ‘pengutip sampah’ and best ‘penipu’. After cuci your longkang and kutip your sampah, of course they want they “payment”, nothing is free!!

  38. #38 by Jeffrey on Wednesday, 9 January 2008 - 10:16 am

    //My take is that the robbers were not as much bold as being considerate and careful// -TheWrathOfGrapes.

    Yes it appears that they are covering the risks, just in case they were caught, not to be charged with murder or grievous hurt in case the victim fell and injured herself severely or died which was not intended. But in a sense the criminals were also at the same tiome “bold”. Such a “slow” snatch, if I may use the term, increased proprtionately the risks of 3rd party intervention to foil the snatch as well as maximise chances of them being identified by both victim and others, which the robbers boldly discounted.

  39. #39 by boh-liao on Wednesday, 9 January 2008 - 10:32 am

    “many motorists got summons in Taman Tun Dr Ismail for double parking to have breakfast. …….. There are not enough parking and there is no safety hazards to other vehicles because it was a one way slip road opposite Maybank Jalan Rahim Kijai.”

    Motorists who double-park their cars (for their own convenience, because they want to be as near as possible to their destination – but they think it’s OK to cause inconvenience to other road users) SHOULD be fined.

    It’s not ‘not enough parking’, just a lame excuse – in fact, there are parking lots available, although they may not be near to the shops where the drivers want to patronise. The real reasons are INCONVENIENT to park farther away from the drivers’ destination and LAZY to walk from the proper parking lot to the destination.

  40. #40 by boh-liao on Wednesday, 9 January 2008 - 10:34 am

    “Where is the Polis? are they busy and watching who is conducting Peaceful demonstation / Hindraf people / Opposition party to arrest that the Power issued by PM Badawi and his team”

    Are they also busy watching and confirming the confiscated CSL sex videos in balai?

  41. #41 by Godfather on Wednesday, 9 January 2008 - 10:48 am

    Our police force is extremely stretched right now. They are searching homes for the CSL DVDs. They are manning road blocks in case the poor rakyat start to gather for demonstrations. They are polishing their water cannons and practising for the day that they have to use it on protestors.

    Yes, our police force is extremely stretched so don’t expect them to try to catch the snatch thieves.

  42. #42 by cheng on soo on Wednesday, 9 January 2008 - 11:48 am

    REAL PUZZLE ! Johor is BN stronghold, n JB had the highest snatch thieves cases, so JB folks, why keep voting BN? n Johor had bad flood in 2006 n 07! Do BN care for U Johor folks?

  43. #43 by yhs123 on Wednesday, 9 January 2008 - 11:48 am

    My family went for asking help fr a MP,he honestly told them need to buy some kopi “0” for some of the powerful people,finally the problem settled.Thanks MP,at least u do something,u willing to spend kopi’0′ ,everything is fine.When i drive in mas,i never get summon on road,bcos i always standby 20-50 ringgit in my wallet ,but many times came back with empty wallet.My friend house get break in,police came after 2 hours(police station not even 2km far),look here look there, then said franky speaking,”normally report also no use,somemore very trouble-some,but gave good advise,next time lock the door with more locks,betul nak report,buang lu punya masa saja,fikir dulu lah,(napeh),later asked got beer to drink(fk).Tahukan sana tak boleh u turn,license,sekarang kasih compound 200 rinngit.Encik.boleh tolong?macam mana tolong?kasi chance lah.Berapa ada?(show wallet)bang,baru ada 30 ringgit,saya pun gaji kecil juga…….exchange license back with 30,ok jalan.Terima kasih bang. (who drive never encounter b4,i respect u)

  44. #44 by cheng on soo on Wednesday, 9 January 2008 - 12:01 pm

    Ref., Yellowkingdom post at 00.11am today, strange that policeman can come n leave in a s’pore reg. car!
    Again why keep support BN, Johorian?

  45. #45 by nus on Wednesday, 9 January 2008 - 11:54 pm

    boh-liao Says:

    Today at 10: 34.56 (13 hours ago)
    “Where is the Polis? are they busy and watching who is conducting Peaceful demonstation / Hindraf people / Opposition party to arrest that the Power issued by PM Badawi and his team”

    Are they also busy watching and confirming the confiscated CSL sex videos in balai?

    They are busy busy very busy issuing parking summonses and checking for expired road tax (which isn’t it JPJ’s job) at road blocks.

  46. #46 by Jonny on Thursday, 10 January 2008 - 4:45 pm

    We’re facing a serious meltdown in the country.

  47. #47 by ckl on Friday, 11 January 2008 - 2:55 pm

    Maybe we need to change a leader for the bright future of Malaysia, that leader might not be from opposition party, might be from BN or even from UMNO, but we really need a CHANGE!!!!!!!

  48. #48 by chgchksg128 on Friday, 11 January 2008 - 11:28 pm

    too much of foreign labour make the crime high..we have more indon than Indian in Mlaysia especially in KL

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